Does The Pope Quit in the Woods? Benedict XVI Resigns, Here’s What Happens NowPope Benedict VXI has shocked the world by resigning this morning, citing the ravages of age and poor health that, he feels have begun to prevent him from carrying out the duties of the office. While the office of Pope is not necessarily a lifetime appointment, stepping down from the post is exceedingly rare, and has been unheard of for the last 600 years. The 85-year-old pontiff will continue poping it up -- the technical term for serving as Holy Father of the Catholic Church -- until the end of the month, while the College of Cardinals convenes to find his successor. Here's how they'll do it.Read on...
Catholic Church Approves iPhone Confession App
Do you have a hectic, busy lifestyle? Commit sins that you really need to confess, but said hectic lifestyle prevents you from visiting a confessional? Ever wish you could just confess your sins on the go and get on with your day? Well, there's an app for that! Officially approved by the Catholic Church, Confession: A Roman Catholic App sells for $1.99, a small price to pay for a clean, mobile soul. Described on iTunes as "the perfect aid for every penitent," the app provides a "personalized examination of conscience" per each password protected user profile, as well as a step-by-step guide to the sacrament. Just think, now you can immediately confess after you stumble across some unseemly thing on the Internet, rather than travel across town to the nearest church like you've always done.
(BBC News via Geekologie and Engadget)Read on...
The Blues Brothers and Other Cool Things the Vatican EndorsedOn the 30th anniversary of the 1980 musical comedy movie The Blues Brothers, The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano advised Catholics worldwide to watch the film. Developed from the two Saturday Night Live sketch characters played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers embark on "a mission from God" in the movie, to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up from foreclosure. So retroactively topical! So it got us thinking, what other cool or geeky things have the Vatican been known to admit to liking? Hit the jump and find out.Read on...